Patrick Matthew Loughlin suspected girlfriend's mom for ratting him out

LoughlinA Clatskanie man was arrested Friday, May 9, on assault and reckless driving charges after allegedly chasing and ramming a woman’s car with his own.

Patrick Matthew Loughlin, 33, on May 5 apparently rammed the car of his girlfriend’s mother, who he thought had earlier reported him to authorities for illegally growing marijuana, said Deputy District Attorney Dale Anderson.

Loughlin was arraigned Monday, May 12, on two counts of second-degree assault, recklessly engendering another person, menacing, and reckless driving. Both assault charges are Class B felonies and each carry a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment, according to Oregon Revised Statutes. Anderson said the second-degree assault charges are Measure 11 offenses, meaning they each carry a mandatory 70 months in prison if Loughlin is convicted.

“The charges are based on Loughlin chasing and ramming her vehicle as he was going down Alder Grove Road and Swedetown Road to Highway 30,” Anderson said, adding that other motorists who witnessed the incident called 911 to notify authorities. “He thought she turned in his marijuana grow.”

On May 1, Loughlin was arrested on charges of unlawful manufacture of medical marijuana, possession of half an ounce or more of marijuana and failure to register as a sex offender. Court documents state he was in possession of about 4 ounces of the plant.

While Loughlin had an Oregon Medical Marijuana Program card, he apparently hadn’t registered one of his grow sites with the state.

“You have to designate where your grow is going to be,” Anderson said. “He was growing at a location not designated with OMMP, and had been for a significant period of time.”

It was after his initial arrest that Loughlin apparently chased down his girlfriend’s mother in his own car. Anderson said Loughlin had been living with his girlfriend at her mother’s Clatskanie home.

Loughlin struck the victim’s car with his own twice while chasing her May 5, according to indictment records. Anderson said the victim sustained neck injuries from Loughlin’s alleged ramming, but was unsure as to the extent of the injuries.

While Loughlin was initially granted a conditional release for his alleged marijuana growing offenses, he is now in Columbia County Jail with a bail set at $17,750.

Loughlin is slated to appear in court Monday, May 19, at 8:30 a.m. to enter a plea for all allegations against him.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct the spelling of the suspect's middle name.

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